Pablo López Luz (Mexico, born in 1979)
Colonia Condesa II, Mexico City, 2013
Signed Inkjet print, N° 4/6. 38 x 48 cm
Pablo López Luz
Born in 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Pablo López Luz earned a master’s degree in visual arts from New York University and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2005, he received the Velázquez grant from the government of Madrid. In recent years, his photographic work has centered on the concept of landscape, generally in an urban context, and especially in Mexico City. He approaches his material from a range of perspectives, treating landscape as a simulacrum of society and politics. He recently had solo exhibitions at the Museo Archivo de la Fotografía in Mexico City (Al final está el horizonte, 2012) and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome (2011), and participated in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Photography in Mexico, 2012) and at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (America Latina 1960-2013, 2013).
Pablo López Luz photographs doors and gates adorned with inverted pyramids, concentric rectangles, and broken lines of metal bars, which protect certain houses in Mexico City. Constituting a visual repertory of these ornamentations, the artist reveals the local population’s taste for simple geometric forms recalling pre-Hispanic patterns, and explores the way in which these motifs are inserted, grafted, and updated in the urban context.